Image demonstrating School extension will boost special needs education

School extension will boost special needs education

A school extension which will provide additional places for children with special needs in Northumberland has opened this week.

Northumberland County Council has funded the over £1m extension to Hexham Priory, a school which provides educational support to children with severe learning difficulties and complex learning needs.

The extension has provided an additional three classrooms and associated ancillary spaces and will allow additional capacity to ensure there is increased provision available locally for children with complex learning difficulties. 

Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council said, “I am delighted to see the extension to Hexham Priory School open and being used by the school.

“Our focus is on creating safe and enjoyable learning environments for all pupils in Northumberland and these additional classrooms and ancillary spaces will go a long way  towards continually delivering a high level of education to special educational needs pupils in the county.

“This forms part of the council’s wider commitment to increasing the amount of places for children needing extra support and we really value the immense amount of work done by our special educational needs schools in supporting our children.” 

Hexham Priory School is run by the Eden Academy Trust.  Head teacher at the school, Liz Davison, said: “This extension is a great addition to our school.  

“It enables us to increase  the roll at the school which is so important given the shortage of special school places in the area.  It also affords us the opportunity to further enhance our curriculum through the additional space we have.

“The pupils are looking forward to returning to school after half term into their
new classrooms.”

The extension has been built by Kier Construction.
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